The Evolution of Semantic Memory and Spreading Activation

Markovitch, J. S. (1981) The Evolution of Semantic Memory and Spreading Activation. [Preprint]

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The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that it is possible to deduce the structure of human semantic memory by mathematically analyzing the environment which through evolution has shaped it. The theory arrived at is similar to the spreading-activation theories of Quillian, and Collins and Loftus, but it contrasts with the above in that it involves a rigidly restricted activation that employs two distinct types of linking and three distinct types of intersection search. These three types of intersection are then used to explain the facilitation of lexical decisions, the nature of polysemy, riddles, several production experiments by Loftus, as well as the effect of word order on meaning and paired-associate learning.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:Spreading Activation Semantic Memory
Subjects:Linguistics > Semantics
Psychology > Perceptual Cognitive Psychology
Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
ID Code:2907
Deposited By: Markovitch, J. S.
Deposited On:06 May 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55


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